WARNING!!!…..This dish is Highly Addictive! Au Gratin Potatoes is a classic French dish that I have transformed to a “skinny” favorite. Your family or guest will enjoy this creamy, cheesy & smokey dish that is rich in flavor & easy on your waistline.
ENJOY this casserole with a piece of steak & a green veggie for a steakhouse experience in your own home.
Makes 8 Servings; divide baking dish in 8 sections. Nutrition per serving: Weight Watchers Points + 4 ~ Calories 171.0 ~ Fat 5.2 g ~ Carbs 22.0 g ~ Fiber 1.9 g ~ Protein 8.5 g
1 bag Simply Potatoes; home style slices
1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican Cheese Blend; reserve 1/4 cup for topping
1 Tbsp butter; unsalted
2 slices bacon; chopped
1 medium sized onion; chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper; chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper; chopped
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp smokey paprika
3 cloves of garlic; sliced
2 Tbsp flour
2 cups skim milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese wedges; Swiss (room temperature)
1/4 cup Panko; seasoned
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 1.5 or 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray; set aside
In a large saute pan over medium heat, cook chopped bacon until crispy (4-5 minutes); Remove bacon bits & set aside
Melt butter in the same pan that bacon was cooked. Add onions, garlic & bell peppers, cooking until onions begins to brown. (about 5-7 min)
Add Flour and cook until well combined; slowly stir in milk and bring to gentle boil. Stir in seasonings: salt, pepper, paprika.
Add potatoes and bring to boil (again). Once boiling; add 3/4 cup shredded cheese & cheese wedges. Stir to combine well.
Transfer to baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour. Remove foil & sprinkle Panko, bacon bits & 1/4 cup shredded cheese on top. Cook for additional 20-30 minutes until the top is golden brown & potatoes are fork tender.